Low back pain is a leading cause of missed time from work and a leading cause of disability in the United States. For many low back pain sufferers, the culprit may lie in a condition known as Tension Myositis Syndrome, TMS, in which stress and emotional connections may be a direct result of the low back pain and stiffness.
Tension Myositis Syndrome, TMS, is a condition responsible for low back pain, usually as a direct result of stress and tension. With stress affecting the shoulders, neck, buttocks and, thereby, affecting the muscles, tendons and nerves in our bodies, it leaves no question as to how the daily stresses of our lives lead to chronic low back pain.
In TMS, the primary complaint of back pain is attributed to muscle stiffness and fatigue. While the nerves and tendons also play a significant role, it is the low back muscles which suffer the greatest complication, resulting in a slow and progression deterioration in the strength often not even noticed by the sufferer until pain has become quite severe.
To alleviate the pain of Tension Myositis Syndrome, TMS, you must first learn to alleviate the primary cause of the pain; stress. Whether stress is the result of internal or external factors, it leads to our repression of emotions, thus creating TMS type symptoms. Learning to express emotions openly and constructively, engaging in activities which boost self esteem and avoiding repression of detrimental emotions, such as anger, are the first steps in alleviating TMS pain.
There’s little to worry as our surgeons offer personalized care to all patients and provide moral support to the faint hearted.
Treatment of TMS, often, is not met with great acceptance in the patient. While many of us will seek out medical attention from a healthcare professional when we experience back pain, we do not take kindly to the notion that it is “all in your head”. Still, with a TMS diagnosis, the condition is, literally, originating in your head. As a result, many healthcare professionals, when treating a patient with TMS, will refer the patient for psychological counseling in an effort to address and deal with repressed feelings which will, ultimately, lead to a natural healing of Tension Myositis Syndrome low back pain.
Of important note with regard to treatment of TMS is the mandatory need to discontinue all medical forms of treatment. When diagnosed with Tension Myositis Syndrome, the use of medical intervention, such as therapy and prescription drugs, is not indicated. Instead, these traditional forms of medicine should be discontinued and the TMS sufferer should focus, solely, on the psychological aspect of the low back pain.
As with any medical condition, seeking early diagnosis and intervention is key to obtaining optimal outcomes. When facing a complication associated with low back pain, consider the investigation into a diagnosis of TMS and, when confirmed, obtain the appropriate psychological counseling to alleviate the back pain which has progressed over an extended period of time.